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Chang'e 3/Yutu
Chang'e 3 / Yutu Mission to Earth's Moon

Mission Type: Lander, Rover
Launch Vehicle: Long March 3B
Launch Site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center
News reports

European Space Agency, "Helping China to the Moon," 29 Nov 2013

Key Dates
2 Dec 2013:  Launch (17:30 UTC)
6 Dec 2013:  Lunar Orbit Insertion
14 Dec 2013:  Lunar Landing
Status: In Flight
Fast Facts
Chang'e 3/Yutu Facts This is the first lunar soft landing mission since the Soviet Union's Luna 24 in August 1976.

Chang'e 3 is the third robotic rover mission to the moon.

The mission is a follow up to China's successful Chang'e 1 and Chang'e 2 missions.

Chang'e comes from a Chinese legend about a young goddess (above) who flew to the Moon.

The lunar rover is called Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, who was the pet rabbit of the goddess Chang'e.
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Last Updated: 14 Dec 2013